Day 7-22: Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

 

Yes that dark line above is the circuit we are taking around Annapurna. 

On 7 December 2008 we will be starting the Annapurna Circuit which is a 22 day trek around the base of the Annapurna ranges in Nepal. The trek covers about 300km or so in 22 days. Part of the trek will take in Thorung La Pass (elev. 17,769 feet or 5,416 meters) Putting this in perspective, Mt. Kosciusko (the highest mountain in Australia) is 7,310 ft or 2228 meters; Mt. Everest is 29,017 feet or 8,844.43 meters.

 

Day 1:  Kathmandu Environmental Education Project – a NGO aiming to minimise the negative influences of tourism by advocating and promoting ‘minimum impact’ trekking. Its aims are two-fold: to provide impartial and independent information to travellers; and to ensure the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal through positive-impact tourism and outreach project work. At the organisation’s information centre we will get practical advice about conservation, trekking, mountain safety, causes of deforestation, ecotourism, and the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of Nepalese society.

Day 2 – Bandipur

Day 3 – Khudi-Bulbule (840 m)

Day 4 – Bahun Danda (1310 m)

Day 5 – Chamje (1430 m)

Day 6 – Bagarchap (2160 m)

Day 7 – Chame (2710 m)

Day 8 – Pisang (3300 m)

Day 9/10 – Manang (2540m)

Day 11 – Manang to Yak Kharka (4018 m)

Day 12 – Phedi (4450 m) – the downhill trek starts, thank goodness (well hopefully)

Day 13 – Muktinath (3800 m) – this is where the day will include a climb up to Thorung La before walking down. 

Day 14 – Kagbeni (2800 )

Day 15 – Marpha (2710 m)

Day 16 – Kalopani (2530 m)

Day 17 – Tatopani (1160 m)

Day 18 – Ghorepani (2785)

Day 19 – Birethanti (1025 m)

Day 20 – Pokhara

Day 21/22 – back to Kathmandu for some very well earned relaxation.